The missionary, teacher and engineer Alexander Murdoch Mackay was born in Rhynie on 13 October 1849.
In 2011 archaeological excavations at Rhynie, near the site of the "Rhynie Man", by archaeologists from Aberdeen University and Chester University uncovered a substantial fortified settlement dating to the early medieval period.
Militaristic and aristocratic, their society had several grades, including cavalry and footmen, a peasantry, part of whom was bonded to the land, all ruled by tribal chiefs and kings.
The origins of this society lie in the Celtic Iron Age of the area.
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Among the finds at the site were fragments of a late 5th or 6th century Roman amphora that must have been imported from the Mediterranean region.